How to Boost Your Energy Without Caffeine
Feeling tired? Looking to perk up, but don’t like coffee? Or perhaps you are looking to cut back on your caffeine intake? Look no further! Here are a few ways to boost your energy levels without turning to caffeine.
Walk it out. Go for a walk or take a break to exercise. Exercise increases your heart rate, blood flow and rate of metabolism, which will give your body more energy.
Catch some rays. Try going outside for some sun, or simply open your blinds. Natural light can make you feel more alert.
Laugh it up. Take a break to hear a joke or watch a funny video. Laughing increases blood flow and stimulates the release of endorphins, both of which will leave you feeling revitalized.
Take a break to decrease your stress. Stress can be very tiring; stopping to take a break for yourself can help you regain your energy. Call a supportive friend or family member or take a few moments for deep breathing or meditation. Deep breathing will deliver oxygen to your muscles, providing you with more energy.
Eat to energize. Choose a snack that is high in fiber, protein or healthy fats. The carbohydrates in these foods are absorbed slowly by your body, providing an extended release of energy. Try whole grains, nuts or fresh vegetables and fruits. Avoid foods with added sugar, such as candy or refined grains. Your body quickly absorbs these types of carbohydrates, leaving your energy levels low.
Stay hydrated. One of the first signs of dehydration is fatigue. The next time you're feeling sluggish, try drinking water or another unsweetened beverage to hydrate yourself and improve your energy.
The next time you feel like you need a boost, skip the caffeine and try to increase your energy in a natural way. Learn more about Wellness Workdays and our wellness program offerings by downloading our brochure.
Written by: Kierin O’Donnell, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern.
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